Friday, October 7, 2011

What does it Cost to Start Playing Airsoft?

While not nearly as pricey as paintball, a seasoned airsoft enthusiast knows that a passion for airsoft can be an expense. Thankfully, with the rise of airsoft manufacturing in Asia, airsoft is much more affordable than it was a decade ago. Companies like Tokyo Marui, DBoys, CYMA and JG have proven that Asian manufacturers can produce super high quality products at mind-blowing low price points. These airsoft guns are often half – even a third – of the price of comparable guns from other regions. Other markets simply cannot replicate the value of these brands’ products. Many American retailers have been slow to pick up on this, but a real airsoft pro will recognize the tremendous value these brands provide.

In the past, expensive guns, accessories and airsoft pellets might have set you back at anywhere from $400 to more than a thousand dollars. Thankfully, this is no longer the case. There are a number of very affordable options for airsofters who are just starting to build their arsenal.

Depending on how you will be using your weapon and your role on the field, you will want to procure either a rifle or shotgun. You will also want an airsoft pistol as a side arm for CQC (Close Quarters Combat), when you are so close to your opponent that you need a weapon that is more compact and agile. If you are just starting out, you should focus on Asian manufactured weapons, preferably from highly respected brands like JG, DBoys, AGM, CYMA, DE, WellFire and JG. A solid primary weapon and side arm should set you back between $150 and $350. There are a lot of awesome options and it can be overwhelming sorting through your options. If you have researched your options and still feel unsure, another option is picking up an airsoft starter kit. These kits are assembled by pros who know which products will offer the best benefits to a newbie and they offer awesome savings because several guns are packaged together.

Once you procure your arsenal, you need to outfit yourself with some safety equipment. If you are skirmishing with others, eye protection is a must. People joke about “it will shoot your eye out”, but an airsoft BB flying at 250 fps or more, can blind you. So if you don’t want to rock an eye patch for the rest of your life, buy shatterproof airsoft goggles, which will run between $15 and $40, or a full airsoft face mask for between $20 and $50. Premium vest set-ups go for $80 to $150.

Last but not least, grab those little accessories that will give you a competitive edge on the airsoft course. You don’t need these extras to enjoy the sport, but they can improve your efficiency, accuracy and/or stealth. Tactical vests, holsters, and various camo gear like ghillie suits and fatigues are all worth-while investments if your budget permits. A standard tactical vest can run anywhere between $40 and $80, with premium vests reaching $80 up to $150. Holsters vary greatly depending on the firearm you are carrying.

All these expenses in mind, you can start participating in airsoft for as little at $200… maybe $300 if you really want to gear yourself up. At these prices, airsoft really is available to the masses.

About the Author: Mike Zhang is the VP of Operations of Airsoft Megastore, the #1 fastest growing Airsoft retailer in the nation. Airsoft Megastore offers the latest airsoft guns and gear as well as a 125% low price guarantee on all new Airsoft guns and gear.

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